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How Did I Get Nail Fungus?

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Fungal nail infections are more common than you think. It is a topic that people try not to discuss, but occurs much more often than you realize. If you think your alone in the fight against fungal nails, that is far from true!

Fungus is everywhere; therefore, you are always exposed and susceptible to it. Primarily, fungus lives in and loves damp, dark, moist areas like your shoes and socks. This is why it is so important to keep your feet dry and clean. Infected and fungal nails are usually thick, brittle, crumbly, distorted, and dark or yellow in color.

Typically, nail fungus is more common in men than woman. Also, the elderly are more susceptible to fungus than their younger, healthier counterparts. Some other risk factors for fungal nails include:

  • Poor blood circulation
  • Family history of fungal infection
  • Frequent and heavy perspiration
  • Moist or humid work environment
  • Wearing shoes and socks that hinder ventilation
  • Weakened immune system

Now that you know how fungus occurs, be sure to follow these preventative measures. Fungus takes a long time to remove, the best thing you can do for yourself is to stop the problem before it begins.

  • Don’t share nail clippers, socks, or shoes
  • Keep your nails dry, short, and clean
  • Wear shoes and socks that breath. Aetrex copper soled socks removes perspiration and keeps your feet dry.
  • Change your socks at least once per day
  • Use antifungal sprays in your shoes like Clean Sweep
  • Wear shoes or sandals in public areas like the gym, pool, or beach
  • Use a salon that properly sterilizes equipment – Healing Steps Spa is always your best option for a safe and sanitary pedicure
  • Let your feet breath!

If you need any questions about your nails, please call Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates at 309-661-9975 or visit our website to schedule and appointment.

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